Staying Aloft ... One Day At a Time
OCTOBER 9, 2010 12:30AM


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Sunset-blvd-DVD      As Norma Desmond, the fading film actress who saw her star go dim over the Hollywood over which she once had reigned said in Billy Wilder's classic film Sunset Boulevard:  "We didn't need dialogue. We had faces!" 
As the obsession with plastic surgery continues to move faster through Hollywood than a California wildfire consuming everything in its path – one has to wonder -- Is there a performer out there who still has his or her own face?  
Compare to any of the current crop of performers with those stars of Hollywood's Golden Age. Can you think of anyone who has the mystique of a Greta Garbo, the humor of a Carole Lombard -- or the dramatic vitality of a Gloria Swanson who uttered that immortal line?  Or how about Marlene Dietrich -- who could do more with one raised eyebrow and low murmur than all the cheap starlets out there combined. marlen_top
      That sensuality and power has given way to a bland, one size fits all sexiness with a mask-like face that has the requisite big puffy lips, abnormally high cheek bones and jaw line one could cut a steak with.
     And while we’re on the subject -- where are all the Men? Can any of today’s so-called Movie Stars  compare to the actors like Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum, Humphrey Bogart? They created complex, rich and vibrant characters. And they actually had different faces from one and other, different looks, wrinkles, expression. As Norma Desmond once said: "It's the Pictures That Got Smaller.”

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